2019 Touring (Canadian Model) with Eyesight
Yes. I recall doing that mod even before I got a rattle. I moved the cable and secured its new location with a zip tie. Because I never had the rattle, I forgot I did this mod. I literally had to pop the hood and look to jog my memory.With cold weather coming up, my "best free mod" may help out some of the Gen 5 owners who hate rattles: If you hear a rattle that seems to be coming from within your dashboard (evident in cold weather in particular), take less than 5 minutes to move the transmission ground cable under the hood near the firewall. Great instructions and photos at https://www.subaruoutback.org/threads/dashboard-rattle-anyone-else-resolved.294193/post-4327505. I lived with the rattle for the first couple of months of owning the car (cold weather) then it went away after the weather warmed up, only to retun in the fall. I'm so glad that I came across the solution in this post - been rattle free for two years now.
I did grind the end threads on skid plate bolts to a taper to make it easier to start bolts while holdin up skid plate with one hand. ( thread a nut onto bolt before tapering to chanse threads) Also cut head of longer bolt and screw into rear skid plate fastenr hole. I always push skid plate onto this piot bolt first and thread a nut onto pilto bolt. Makes it a lot easier to swing skid plate up and start tapered front bolts. I alo have added two bolts to the center lift pad using Nutcerts ( not free but cheap. This past Saturday I noticed skid plate does have a whole lot of character dings and scrape marks.I don't really have a price limit in mind. Free ish.
I wanted to exclude stuff like "skid plates, lift kits, sway bars" as that can get into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
These are some great ideas. I have to go grease the pins on the engine cover immediately.
Mine's a Gen 5, 2019 OB / premium trim (i.e. cloth seats b/c I hate leather seats).
I like the removal of the spare tire foam. I was stunned at how much worse the gen 5 storage cubbies are compared to my gen 4. Less storage under rear floor. Annoying bend in rear floor (not flat), less storage in all door panels. minus one storage compartment in center stack. Smaller glove box. Things I failed to observer before I bought it.
I had the thought last week that cars are expensive to own and even more expensive to modify.
If you're like me you probably like modifying/customizing/improving your vehicle even when the budget doesn't allow for dropping money all the time.
So what is the best things you can think of that you can do that cost basically nothing?
I made a list of my top picks:
A Carabineer (D Clip) is great for tying long loads in the car. The clip has to be the same size as the pin for the hatch. Since I have several of these that I've gotten for free I counted it as a free mod but if someone needs one they're typically around a dollar.
Removing the spare tire tray creates a lot more storage space. Great for pack rats such as myself.
Removing the lumbar panel in the front seats makes them much more comfortable. Some people add a paint roller or pool noodle in the panels place.
Blocking the gap between the center console and the seat so change and other objects can't fall into the pit of no return.
Disabling the GPS movement lock out by grounding the VSS signal going into the head unit allows a passenger to input GPS directions when needed. Only need a soldering iron and some wire which you probably have if you have a soldering iron.
I also had to mention the CKE insert for fixing the 18 mph vibration. Even though it's pretty cheap it's still not what I can call free but it is worth every penny.
What are your favorite free changes?
Are the Gen 4 rear floorboards flat?I like the removal of the spare tire foam. I was stunned at how much worse the gen 5 storage cubbies are compared to my gen 4. Less storage under rear floor. Annoying bend in rear floor (not flat), less storage in all door panels. minus one storage compartment in center stack. Smaller glove box. Things I failed to observer before I bought it.
Oh. My mistake. I thought you meant the rear floorboards.Specifically, I meant the floor of the rear storage area behind the rear seat (isn't completely flat).
What is a CKE?I also had to mention the CKE insert for fixing the 18 mph vibration. Even though it's pretty cheap it's still not what I can call free but it is worth every penny.
What are your favorite free changes?
Is the CKE ok to use without a lift. I do have a vibration @ around 18mph